Jan 13, 2014 9:58am
Re: Close enough to '95 for me
another point of view:
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - December 19, 2012
Subject: a word on that 'Days Between' -
I haven't heard this entire show, but was drawn to Days due to the enthusiasm of the reviewers here...it is indeed haunting. If you're looking for a version of this tune that Jerry does full and total justice to, it's this one.
I have long had a fascination with this ballad and wonder why it was so negatively received by heads at the time....I did recently read this essay on the song: http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/days.html#silberman
and he totally nails it. In fact,
I think this write up is as fascinating to read as the tune is to hear.
Personally, I think the problem was that Jer and Robert themselves decided to articulate what was clearly a sea change, and doing it in a way that was uncompromisingly bleak and yet hopeful at the same time. Similarly, fans screamed for the band to stop playing "Day Job", a relatively harmless little ditty in the 80s, for reasons close to their uncomfortability with Days - it's too direct. I don't think the negative reception of this song had much to do with what the crowd was hearing musically and lyrically so much as what it represented. Now, with Jerry gone, it's all to clear that the end was nigh, and this song plays out now like Jerry's final epitaph, a world-weary synopsis of the entire human experience.
I will always treasure this song as one of Garcia's most accomplished numbers. I do hope that others grateful for all that he gave us musically will take the time to maybe even read the lyrics along, if you don't know them, and take into consideration the images, the meanings, what the author of the above essay called the "unrelenting exactitude" of its moral.